Posts tagged "todays lady news"

A Reading List On Elliot Rodger, Misogyny & Toxic Masculinity

There have been so many pieces analyzing UC Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger and his extreme misogyny towards women. Here are a few must-read pieces: "Let's Call The Isla Vista Killings What They Were: Misogynist Extremism," by Laurie Penny, New Statesman "Elliot Rodger And Poisonous Ideals Of Masculinity," by Noah Berlatsky,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 27, 2014

“Duke Porn Star” Belle Knox Pens An Open Letter To Alyssa Funke

"Duke porn star" Belle Knox (real name: Miriam Weeks) penned an open letter to the late Alyssa Funke, the 19-year-old who committed suicide after her classmates harassed her for appearing in porn. [xoJane] A committee in the Louisiana's state house of representative…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 23, 2014

Iran Freaks Out Over Actress’ Kiss On The Cheek At Cannes

Iranian actress Leila Hatami got a kiss on the cheek from Gilles Jacob, the president of the Cannes Film Festival, and all hell broke loose. Iran's deputy minister of culture and Islamic guidance chastised Hatami, saying that the Iranian woman should be "a symbol of chastity and innocence." [The National AE] Louisiana's state…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 22, 2014

80 U.S. Troops Will Search For Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

Eighty American troops in Chad will help search for the 200+ girls who were kidnapped from their school by an Islamist extremist group back in April. That's awesome, but WHAT TOOK US SO LONG? [CNN] According to the newest Gallup poll, 55…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 21, 2014

Judge Struck Down Pennsylvania Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

A federal judge struck down Pennsylvania's law banning same-sex marriage today, calling it unconstitutional. PA's Democratic attorney general said she wouldn't defend the 1996 law, as she found it unconstitutional as well. Congratulations, PA couples who can now get married!  [NBC News] A man who drugged and raped his wife for three year…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 20, 2014

Occupy Wall Street Protestor Cecily McMillan Sentenced To 90 Days In Prison

Occupy Wall Street protestor Cecily McMillan has been sentenced to three months in prison for elbowing a police officer in the face after he allegedly grabbed one of her breasts during an arrest. Nine jurors had written to the judge and asked him to show McMillan leniency. [Guardian UK] An 11-year-old girl i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 19, 2014

Former NFL Player Darren Sharper Accused Of Drugging & Raping Nine Women

A former NFL player for the New Orleans Saints is in court today facing accusations of sexual assault. Darren Sharper is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting at least nine women in five different states: California, Florida, Arizona, Nevada and Louisiana. The women tell disturbingly similar stories of going someplace alone with him, taking a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 16, 2014

Missouri Legislature Advances 3-Day Waiting Period For Abortion

A Missouri bill mandating a three-day waiting period for an abortion is now sitting on the governor's desk. The state's Republican-controlled legislature advanced the bill, which would require a woman seeking to terminate a pregnancy to meet with her doctor and then wait three days, even if she is a victim of incest or rape.
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 15, 2014

Judge Rules Idaho Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is Unconstitutional

Yesterday, a federal judge ruled that Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional because it violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution. The order will take effect at 9 a.m. on Friday, although the state may appeal the decision before then. [CNN, Think Progress] A "rapists on campus" list is being…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 14, 2014

List Of Alleged Rapists Turns Up In Columbia University Bathroom

Last week, a list of alleged rapists turned up on a bathroom wall on Columbia University's NYC campus. The list was scrubbed off almost immediately, but the same names resurfaced in a different Columbia bathroom a few days later. Public safety officers have implied that the list would be seen as an act of vandalism,…
By: Claire Hannum / May 13, 2014

NYPD Will Stop Confiscating Condoms From Suspected Sex Workers

New York City's mayor announced today that the police department will no longer confiscate unused condemns as evidence of prostitution. Sex workers rights advocates have long pointed out that the practice discourages people — especially those at risk of being profiled as sex workers by the police — from carrying condoms in the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 12, 2014

Nigerian Kidnapping Victims Are Still Missing; Meanwhile, An American Woman Took False Credit For Creating The #BringBackOurGirls Movement

Ramaa Mosley, an American mom and filmmaker, took credit for creating the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag in support of the hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian teenagers. In reality, a Nigerian attorney named Ibrahim Musa Abdullahi created it based on chants he heard in the country's capital. Mosley did help create a massive social media presence on the issue, but people are…
By: Claire Hannum / May 9, 2014

#RealMenDontBuyGirls Is Trending In Support Of Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

Thanks to celebs like Justin Timberlake, Sean Penn and Bradley Cooper, #RealMenDontBuyGirls is trending in retaliation to Boko Haram's threats to sell to 200+ kidnapped Nigerian teenagers as sex slaves. I'm so glad that people are speaking out in favor of rescuing the girls, but I don't love that phrase. Men are…
By: Claire Hannum / May 8, 2014

Malala Yousafzai: Kidnapped Girls In Nigeria “Are My Sisters”

In an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Pakistani teen and education advocate Malala Yousafzai said the Boko Haram kidnappers in Nigeria do not understand Islam and said the 200+ school girls who were kidnapped and possibly being sold into sex slavery "are my sisters." […
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 7, 2014

South Carolina Advances Abortion Ban After 20 Weeks

A subcommittee in South Carolina's state Senate has advanced a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill provides exceptions for pregnancies resulting from incest, rape and fetal abnormalities. The 20-week limit is based on the medically unproven claim that fetuses feel pain after 20 weeks. [CBS, RH Reality…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 6, 2014

Laverne Cox Teams Up With MTV And Logo To Air Transgender Teen Documentary

"Orange Is The New Black" star and activist Laverne Cox has teamed with Logo and MTV to produce a documentary called "Trans Teen: A Documentary" about transgender teens from diverse backgrounds. The hour-long program will air this fall. [Advocate] "Saturday Night Live" writer Leslie Jones cracked some jokes about slavery on "Weekend Update"…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 5, 2014

California Considers Bill To Put More Diaper Changing Stations In Men’s Restrooms

Sounds like a good idea to me. [Los Angeles Times] Brunei, which is located in Southeast Asia, has instituted a penal code which would publicly flog women who have abortions, jail women who get pregnant out of wedlock, and stone to death lesbians and gays. [Feminist.org] A member of the all-female…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 2, 2014

Defense Secretary Asks Military To Review Rules Targeting Black Women’s Hairstyles

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has asked the military to review new Army rules regulating hairstyles which mostly target Black women. The new regulations ban dreadlocks, twists and larger cornrows. [New York Times] Jessica Valenti has a moving essay about having a preemie baby and her own complicated feelings about later-term…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 1, 2014

Nigerian Women March To Urge Government To Act On 230 Kidnapped Schoolgirls

Nearly 500 women marched through Abuja, Nigeria, to press the government to the seek the release of 230 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram, a group of Islamic militants, two weeks ago. Boko Haram, which doesn't believe in educating women, kidnapped the students from…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 30, 2014

Women Didn’t Fare Well In “Star Wars VII” Casting Announcements

The casting announcement for "Star Wars VII" came out today and while that's very exciting news indeed, let's not forget that only one new female actress (Daisy Ridley) has been added to the cast. Don't women and girls deserve better geeky representation? [io9] Lux Alptraum on why we don't need…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 29, 2014
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